From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Americans tend to have fewer close confidants today than they did two decades ago — but that isn’t because they’re all huddled over their computers playing World of Warcraft or reading the Volokh Conspiracy.
In fact, we like to think that reading the Volokh Conspiracy will give you more close confidants, and hotter ones at that. Indeed, “A report released Wednesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that the Internet and other new communication technologies have, if anything, a modestly positive effect on the size and diversity of people’s friendship networks.” So remember: Every time you visit the Volokh Conspiracy, more people discover your inimitable charm and appeal.
Thanks to Prof. Mary Stange for the pointer.